Pink Pearl Apple

Stunning color and flavor to match

On the way back from a camping trip on the Russian River (Northern California) I spied a small apple stand tucked by the side of the road. Once stopped I found the apples to be yellowish in peel and slightly blemished. I selected three and was disgruntled to learn the price: $3. For 3 apples.

The person selling the apples explained that these were not ordinary apples but rather a variety called “pink pearl” because of the rose colored fruit inside the peel. I was somewhat impressed but still wondered how these would taste.

What is a Pink Pearl Apple?

When I got home I decided to make an apple cobbler and add the three pink pearls. One thing I noticed right away was the deep and intense aroma when I cut into the apples. Then I saw the color: stunning when peeled (a good candidate for a salad!) Surprisingly, when these beauties emerged from the hot oven they maintained the same deep rose color which only added to the “oohs and ahhs” upon presentation of the final dish.

Now, of course, I wish I had purchased many more of the pink pearl apples. Next year I plan to be on the lookout but if you see them please let me know where!

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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